Global Health Nexus, Winter 2002

Abrons Foundation Grant Expands Care for Seniors

The Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc., recently advanced its long tradition of charitable giving to NYU Dentistry by awarding a generous grant to provide additional dental care subsidies for impoverished, elderly New Yorkers.

Since 1997, thanks to the Abrons Foundation’s support, NYU Dentistry has been providing oral health services to indigent elderly Russian-speaking immigrants. In consultation with agencies referred by the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, patients were selected and matched with Russian-speaking student dentists at the College. Patients were also provided transportation. This program was recognized by the American Dental Association with its Geriatric Oral Health Care Award.

With the most recent gift from the Abrons Foundation, Inc., NYU Dentistry will be able to build more strategically upon this experience with Russian-speaking senior citizens in order to serve a broader section of the New York City geriatric population. The new program targets specifically senior citizens receiving Medicaid.

As a result, services not covered by Medicaid, such as endodontics and fixed and removable prostheses, are being provided by NYU Dentistry to a larger number of needy people. “Expansion in this way is helping to ensure that the funds awarded benefit the greatest number of elderly New Yorkers in need,” said Dean Alfano.